NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Begins Processing for Launch
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, spacecraft arrived in Florida on Feb. 13 and was transported to a payload processing facility at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville to being preparations for launch. The spacecraft's solar arrays were deployed and checked out for flight on Feb. 15. The satellite's mission is one of the first steps in NASA's plan to return astronauts to the moon. LRO will spend at least one year in a low polar orbit on its primary exploration mission, with the possibility of three more years to collect additional detailed scientific information about the moon and its environment.
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